7th RME Research Conference - University of Applied Sciences of the Grisons

7th RME Research Conference

About the conference

The promise of digitalization and artificial intelligence:
Implications for responsible management education and moving forward with the SDGs

Virtual conference; 19th – 21st October 2020

As part of our university’s commitment to champion responsible management and the United Nations’ Agenda 2030, we are pleased to invite the members of the global PRME community to join us this year in the beautiful alpine landscape of Switzerland for the RME Research Conference 2020. The overarching theme of the conference invites participants to explore the impact of digital transformation on responsible management education, as well as on achieving the SDGs.

Digital technologies and artificial intelligence are becoming ingrained into society, leading to a paradigmatic shift in the ways that enterprises do business and how universities and business schools prepare their students for the business world. Accordingly, there is a growing need to explore how digital transformation can help foster responsible leadership and promote the achievement of the SDGs. At the same time, questions remain as to the challenges that these disruptive technologies pose to responsible management and sustainable development as well as how research can contribute to this discussion. Therefore, in the seventh edition of the RME Research Conference, there will be a specific focus on the link between digital transformation, responsible management education and the SDGs.

The RME Research Conference is an ideal place to test and discuss new ideas, therefore we encourage suggestions for innovative ideas. We aim to create an environment that is welcoming and friendly, yet succeeds in challenging the existing knowledge base and assumptions, and hence drives the debate around responsible management education and the SDGs forward.

Conference dates

  • 19th to 21st October 2020 – virtual conference

Conference venue

The RME research conference in 2020 is virtual conference.

Currently the project team is assessing different platforms and will provide more information through this website in given time.

Important dates

  • 1st May 2020 - Submissions window opens
  • 9th August 2020 - Deadline for contribution submission
  • 15th September 2020 - Notification of accepted contributions
  • 9th October 2020 - Deadline for registration

Conference History

In 2014, the RME Research Conference series was initiated by the PRME Regional Chapter DACH in collaboration with the PRME Anti-poverty Working Group at the University of Applied Sciences of the Grisons. To date, six conferences have been held in various cities throughout the globe.

  • 2014: The Future of Responsible Management Education; Chur, Switzerland
  • 2015: Inclusive Business; Cairo, Egypt
  • 2016: Linking SDGs and Responsible Management Education at Universities; Krems, Austria
  • 2017: New Research Questions for Responsible Management Education and Advancement of SDG; Curitiba, Brazil
  • 2018: Leadership Development for Advancing the SDGs; Cologne, Germany
  • 2019: Multi-stakeholder Engagement for the Agenda 2030; Jönköping, Sweden


  • 2020: The promise of digitalization and artificial intelligence: Implication for RME and moving forward with the SDGs; virtual conference hosted by the University of Applied Sciences of the Grisons
  • 2021: Suzhou, China

Conference Concept and Format

The main conference will be a 2-day event with a well-balanced combination of plenary sessions, interactive panel and roundtable discussions, posters and parallel sessions. Parallel sessions will be held in 90-minute blocks, while the conference program remains flexible regarding the possible parallel conference tracks.

The general frame and concept of the conference will therefore include:

  • A couple of plenary sessions (proposed by the organizers) to address the key issues related to the main topics of the conference
  • One or two panels and/or roundtable discussions with invited speakers on behalf of major stakeholders (proposed by the organizers and/or selected through the proposal submission and approval process)
  • Conference tracks/parallel sessions proposed by different stakeholders, as described below, will be based on the research contributions submitted and approved through the Call for Contributions and the respective review process.
  • Poster session to accommodate an active participation of students and youth
  • Open engagement sessions formats such as world café and a hackathon will be considered

The conference tracks/parallel sessions, as well as interactive panel and roundtable discussions, will be based on (a) proposals received by PRME Working Groups, Regional Chapters, Champion Group and other entities and streams, (b) proposals received by other conference co-organizers, and (c) research community in general, which all will be approved by the Conference Program Committee. The conference program design will ensure the overall coherence as well as openness to innovative proposals, including the main conference topics, by warmly welcoming an active participation and innovative proposals from PRME community, research community in general, and other stakeholders from different parts of the world.

  1. Theoretical and applied research papers and other contributions whose purpose is to augment our empirical and conceptual understanding on the conference general theme and its topics.
  2. Interactive panel discussions are panels, interviews or debates that bring together practitioners from different fields and management educators to openly introduce and discuss the conference general theme and its topics.
  3. Round table discussions are means to further explore and/or expand the issues and bring in additional individual and organizational/institutional insights, experiences and lessons learned.
  4. Conference poster sessions will cover work-in-progress and showcasing projects on the conference general theme and its topics.
  5. Open engagement sessions encourage creative and collaborative forms of engagement such as speakers corner, world café, Hackatons or working lunch.



A registration for the virtual RME conference is required. Registration fee for virtual conference: CHF 50.00. After registration you will receive an invoice by mail; you can pay the fee by bank transfer. To transfer the participation fee via PayPal please use the following e-mail: katrin.zinder@htwchur.ch

Please register here until latest 9th October 2020.

Current situation with COVID-19

Current situation with COVID-19

The health of the conference participants and the population at large is of utmost importance. Therefore, the organizing committee in collaboration with the university’s emergency management team has decided to host a virtual RME research conference. Further information regarding the program and platform will be provided through this website.

Call for contributions

Call for contributions

The deadline for submissions is over.

If you missed the deadline and have an attractive contribution to provide, pls send it by mail to rmerc-2020@fhgr.ch, but pls. note that we cannot guarantee consideration.


Contact and Local Organisation Committee

Contact and Local Organisation Committee

For more information on the conference, please send an e-mail to rmerc-2020@fhgr.ch.

We look forward to welcoming you to Chur!

Local Organizing Committee